- Oleksandr Usyk's second title defense of all his heavyweight belts will be against Daniel Dubois.
- Oleksandr Usyk is the heavy betting favorite at -1000.
- Daniel Dubois is the overwhelming betting underdog at +600.
The Wroclaw Stadium in Poland plays host to the second title defense of Oleskdanr Usyk‘s (20-0) IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO belts against Daniel Dubois (19-1) this Saturday, Aug. 26. Because of his undefeated record and championship credentials, Usyk is the heavy betting favorite in online sports betting via the boxing odds at -1000.
Two titans in heavyweight boxing 🥊
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) July 13, 2023
Meanwhile, Dubois, who holds the WBA “’regular” title, is tagged as the overwhelming betting underdog by oddsmakers at +600. Usyk and Dubois are coming off victories from their most recent bout, as the former defeated Anthony Joshua via split decision, and the latter scored a third-round TKO of Kevin Lerena.
Oleksandr Usyk Recent Fight Results
Oleksandr Usyk was an accomplished amateur boxer who won multiple amateur tournaments, culminating in his 2012 London Olympics gold medal. After his successful amateur career that saw him win 335 bouts and suffered 15 losses, he transitioned to the professional ranks in November 2013 when he TKO’ed Felipe Romero in the fifth round of his pro debut.
Since then, he added 19 more wins to his record and became a two-division world champion by winning the undisputed world cruiserweight championship and the four major titles in the heavyweight division. Some of the most notable names that the Ukrainian superstar defeated were Krzysztof Glowacki, Michael Hunter, Derek Chisora, and Anthony Joshua.
Oleksandr Usyk once again bettered Anthony Joshua and won a lively 12-round decision #OnThisDay last year.
Joshua delivered an improved showing in their rematch, but the masterful Usyk was the deserved winner. pic.twitter.com/QPn4YEZDRW
— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) August 20, 2023
Daniel Dubois Recent Fight Results
Daniel Dubois was also an accomplished amateur boxer who won multiple tournaments in the European circuit before jumping to the paid ranks in April 2017. He made quick work of Marcus Kelly by stopping him in the opening round of their fight via TKO. Following that successful debut, he collected several minor titles.
While piling up the victories on his record, “Dynamite” has simultaneously won the Southern Area heavyweight title, English heavyweight title, WBO European heavyweight title, WBO Global heavyweight title, British heavyweight title, WBO International heavyweight title, and Commonwealth Boxing Council heavyweight title. Unfortunately, he got stripped of all these belts as Joe Joyce dealt him his first career loss via 10th-round knockout in November 2020.
Dubois quickly rebounded from that setback by stopping his next four opponents – Bogdan Dinu, Joe Cusumano, Trevor Bryan, and Kevin Lerena to win the WBA Interim World Heavyweight title and the WBA “regular” World Heavyweight title. The 25-year-old hopes to score the biggest win of his professional career this Saturday against Usyk.
Daniel Dubois stops Kevin Lerena in the third round after hitting the canvas three times in the first round. A remarkable comeback 👏🏼
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) December 3, 2022
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois: Tale of the Tape
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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois: Fight Analysis
There isn’t much of a difference on paper between Usyk and Dubois coming into their heavyweight world title showdown, as both have 78 inches of reach and have 20 fights in their record. The youth edge favors Dubois at 25, but the experience will come in handy for Usyk at 36. The British will also have two inches of height advantage at 6-foot-5 over Usyk, who stands at 6-foot-3.
Also, Dubois has the better TKO/KO percentage of 95%, finishing 18 of 19 opponents, as Usyk has 65% of his own. However, it can be argued that Usyk had better opposition compared to Dubois. Regarding fighting style, Usyk is a southpaw fighter (left-handed), and Dubois fights as an orthodox (right-handed).
Stylistically, it is a battle of two different fighting approaches. On one end, Usyk is the more complete and dynamic boxer because of an all-around arsenal. The former Olympic gold medalist will bring his elite footwork, high IQ, and a broader range of combinations into the fight. This mobility was the primary key to his success in taking down other top names in the division.
Thanks to his history as a cruiserweight, Usyk is much faster than most contenders and champions in the heavyweights. He also uses this quickness to his defensive advantage because he can move out swiftly out of any dangerous and heavy punches from his opposition. All in all, Usyk is just a more well-rounded boxer than Dubois.
On the other end, Dubois is an elite one-punch knockout artist who uses his jab and a one-two-punch combination throughout a match to set it up. He relentlessly attempts this attack until he finds the target on his opponent’s head or body. Once it lands, the fight is almost over.
Despite this one-punch knockout power of Dubois, Usyk’s complete boxing weapons will be too much for him to handle. The defending champion will have the luxury to move around and side-to-side to frustrate the challenger while throwing different combinations to throw Dubois off rhythm.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois: Date and Start Time
August 26, 2023, 11 a.m. PT
August 26, 2023, 1 p.m. CT
August 26, 2023, 2 p.m. ET
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois: Fight Prediction
Official Prediction: TKO/KO victory for Oleksandr Usyk.
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